Further to: Paul Nelson: ID in Brazil (Brazilians, if you want the freedom to consider evidence rather than ideology, you probably must fight to keep it.)
I don’t know if I’m the right person to be doing jokes about religion; in the past few months, I’ve become religious, I’ve started to believe in god, creationism and intelligent design, and the reason that I now believe in god and creationism and intelligent design is because of Professor Richard Dawkins. Because when I look at something as complex and intricate and beautiful as Professor Richard Dawkins, I don’t think that just could’ve evolved by chance! Professor Richard Dawkins was put there by god to test us, like fossils. And facts. Series 1 Episode 6: “Religion”
What I find interesting about this joke is that it assumes broad cultural familiarity with many terms and at least one individual in the ID controversy.
Of course the joke misrepresents the controversy over the origin of information and design in nature.
Anyone with this guy’s baggage about life must necessarily do that. He probably wouldn’t understand an accurate statement. But he familiarizes people with the terms, and that always helps.
See also: A little more background on E.O. Wilson calling Dawkins a “journalist” (Still not clear? No, because nature just doesn’t fit into either of these guys’ boxes, really. This still feels like a moment of Darwinism in decline.)
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